1909

New Jersey’s first open air suffrage rallies were held in Orange & Newark led by Dr. Emma O. Gantz and Martha Klatshchken. During this time of change, NJWSA conducted a successful petition drive and got 5,000 signatures on a petition drive in support of the federal amendment for women’s suffrage.

1903

NAWSA organizer Harriet May Mills organized Summer Suffrage Meetings at various locations along the Jersey shore.

1898

A National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) board meeting was held in Orange, NJ in conjunction with the state association. Reverend Anna Howard Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt spoke at the meeting. Having contact with national leaders helped to energize New Jersey state suffrage organizations and draw new members and leaders to the cause. The Orange Political Study Club was formed after the convention.

1885

Alice Stokes Paul is born in Mount Laurel, NJ. Paul would become a major leader in the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment and the Equal Rights Amendment.

1870

March 31, 1870. Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, New Jersey becomes the first African American man to vote in an election under the newly enacted provisions of the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment prohibits the government (state and federal) from denying a citizen the right to vote based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

1867

Lucy Stone and Harry Blackwell organized the first formal association devoted to gaining full suffrage for women in New Jersey. This early version of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association (NJWSA) was one of the first state suffrage associations in the nation.

1807

The New Jersey State Legislature stripped women of the right to vote when it passed an act eliminating the property requirements for voting rights but limited the ballot to white males.